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Hawks Workout Gobert

Bo Churney —  June 18, 2013

The Hawks decided to not make their draft workouts open to the media this year, but that doesn’t stop the potential prospects from taking to Twitter to let us know what’s going on.

Gobert’s draft stock has been up and down over the past several weeks, but you still can’t teach height. The 7’2″ Frenchman has a 9’7″ standing reach, which is one of the highest ever for an NBA player. It’s rumored that even if he’s drafted, Gobert will spend at least another season in Europe to improve on his offensive skills, which are extremely raw for the time being.

In other draft news, Chad Ford released the fifth version of his mock draft today. He projects the Hawks to take Duke’s Mason Plumlee at 17 and Giannis Antetokounmpo at 18. Ford also mentions that the Hawks would be interested in Kelly Olynyk, Jamaal Franklin, and Tim Hardaway Jr. Gobert and Gorgui Dieng are also still available at those two picks in Ford’s mock.

hh-logo-DRAFTSan Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin is a name that has been linked with the Hawks over the last couple of weeks while the draft process has been picking up. Being picked by the franchise in Draft Express, Sports Illustrated, and Chad Ford’s mock drafts, there is justifiable reason to believe that Franklin could be putting on the blue and red hat on draft night. However, coming from a small-conference west coast school like San Diego State, many don’t know how Franklin may fit with Atlanta’s rebuilding dynamic, let alone if this is potentially a smart selection.

Measurements: Franklin has pretty solid height for a shooting guard at 6′ 5.25″, while boasting a remarkable 6′ 11.25″ wingspan. That kind of pervasive wingspan could aid Franklin if he is found playing marginal minutes at the small forward position, which could also be very helpful to Atlanta if they have a similar roster architecture to last season. His weight could potentially be disturbing at the pro level for the time being, as weighing in at 191 pounds could mean that bigger wing players may have the ability to push Franklin around with relative ease. Continue Reading…